An awareness campaign to keep children and young people safe in communities across the country will be launched by Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman.

National Children First Awareness Week aims to inform organisations and the public where to turn if they believe a child or young person is at risk.

The new initiative promoting child safeguarding is supported by Government departments, gardaí, the HSE and Tusla.

The awareness week is a reminder to clubs and organisations working with children of their responsibilities under the Children First Act 2015.

The term 'Children First' refers to the National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 and the Children First Act.

It promotes the protection of children from abuse and neglect, by setting out what individuals and organisations need to do to keep children safe, and how to deal with concerns about a child’s safety or welfare.

Anyone who has a concern about a child and young person should report it to the Tusla social work department in the area where the child lives.

In cases of emergency, where a child or young person appears to be at immediate and serious risk, people are asked to contact gardaí.